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Night vision

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by scottwood, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. scottwood

    scottwood Engaging Member

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    Hi all

    I looking to do a homemade nightvision kit for my hatsan at44x - 10. I have a hawke hd 50mm scope attached. I dont want to buy a NV kit as I dont have a very big money tree in the back garden.

    Can anyone give me some advice please?

    Thanks
     
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    All depends on what you want, how far you want to shoot out to and spot etc, there are loads of threads on here for night vision set ups just need to spend a hour or two reading through them. There are many tried and tested options. What is your budget?
     
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    Best way forward is to explain what quarry you will be shooting and at what ranges to give people an idea of your needs and set out a budget figure. There will be someone who has already built a system just like the one you need.
     
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    what are you hunting for rats/bunny's
     
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    Rats and bunnies so probaly somethings that reaches around 60 yards
     
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    How much are you looking to spend on this? It will make a lot of difference to the suggestions.
     
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    Im not to sure as I would like ro spend as little as possible but I dont want to go so cheap that the set up just doesnt work. Would a 100 be a good start?
     
  8. terry1001

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    £100 should be ok especially if you're happy to buy from China. Unfortunately there have been problems with importing batteries which has put prices up a bit. These parts should work well, there may be some other suggestions as well:
    battery http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151068208720?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
    monitor http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290804759940?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
    camera/lens http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/700TVL-MI...16?pt=US_Security_Cameras&hash=item3cd93bc3f0
    you may prefer a 16mm lens http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16mm-Boar...-/360246543274?pt=UK_CCTV&hash=item53e05e03aa
    power splitter lead http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New...457?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item27d3092141
    you will need to chooses a method of fixing the camera to the rear of your scope, you can get assorted plumbing/electrical fittings from B&Q etc to do this but have a read of the various diy threads for this. You may well have bits laying around which will do the job
    I will suggest one of my modified zooming ir torches fitted with a weaver mount for £36 posted and you will need to have a weaver base attached to your scope or there are other ways of mounting.
    You may need odd connecters, adapters etc which shouldn't cost more than a couple of pounds. If you can solder then you can neaten it all up and sort out the wiring or just tape it up out of the way. You may need a large hose clip to clamp it to the scope depending on what you use and how good a fit you can get, insulating tape helps.
    If your scope works well with ir (and most do) then you should be able to see further than you are going to want to shoot.
    Hope this gives you some ideas but there will be some other suggestions to have a look at - don't rush into ordering stuff before you get yourself organised.
     
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    I have got myself a camcorder to use as I wouldn't mind doing some recording aswell. Does anyone know which ir illuminator I would be able to use with a camcorder?
     
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    I think you'd have to try some and see, camcorders do vary in their ability to deal with low light and ir illumination. I'm not keen on using them as they're heavy and usually seem to foulf the stock when you use them the right way up. The better ones seem to be Sony nightshot models but there's a lot of different versions, I use one for checking ir beam patterns but not for shooting.
    If you do use a cancorder they will normally have lenses which are threaded to take filters and you can buy camera adapters which screw into the lens and which you can then add other fittings to. Some scopes also have threaded eyepieces so you can cobble up something which will screw in at each end and hold it rigidly in place.
     
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    I have got myself one of them sony handy cam with night shot plus can't remember the model.
    I have the filter attachments. Been looking on ebay at the ir laser illuminators. They are so expensive I don't know whether to just go for one of the ir torches and see if they are any good.
    What do you reckon?
     
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    go for one of terry's torches i have tried different routes with torches from £6 and a drop in pill that melt your batteries and progressed to terry's ir torch

    do your self a favour and save money in the long run and cut out the middle torches
     

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